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Why some good ideas spread slowly

The main challenge for any innovator is idea adoption. So, it's important to understand both how ideas spread and what motivates people to adopt those ideas. So, how does an innovation spread? For the first clue, last week I published a post where … [Read more]

Practice frame shifting to spot untapped innovation opportunities

Perception separates the innovator from the imitator. To see anew, learn to set aside preconceptions by exploring new perspectives. How might we shift our perspective and explore what we might be missing? This is a common question I ask myself all … [Read more]

Creativity Inc.: what it takes to build and sustain a culture of excellence

I just finished reading the book Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull, this is my review... Unlike books written by consultants about how wonderful the companies they study are, and how they have reverse engineered their formula for success into … [Read more]

What are the key ingredients necessary to accelerate innovation in any environment?

MIT's Andy Pentland says the best decision-making environment for good ideas to spread is one with high levels of both “engagement” and “exploration. Via the NY Times: The best decision-making environment, Mr. Pentland says, is one with high … [Read more]

New doesn’t equal innovation

Just because something is new doesn't mean it should be touted as an innovation. What's an innovation and what isn't? Normally, people believe that just because they've never seen or heard about something that it's new, and therefore … [Read more]

Failure isn’t the goal, it is a means for innovation

Last week I wrote about how you can ask yourself one question to innovate how you innovate: What can we learn from ___company___ about __challenge__? I then posted some ideas from Amazon and Google that help them drive innovation, which you can … [Read more]

Jeff Bezos: Failure can’t be separated from invention

How do you maximize people's potential to drive innovation? As Bob Ross says, "We don't make mistakes, only happy accidents". So, let employees make happy accidents. This is what happens at the world's most innovative companies, one of which is … [Read more]